I'm trying to make my WinXP Pro Laptop a dual-boot system which will have Linux in addition to my existing WinXP Pro installation.
To do that, I partition a spare harddisk as MBR schemed to have 3 partitions:
First 2 partitions for the Linux (First for the '/' , the second for the SWAP)
3rd partition for the WinXP
If I install WinXP from scratch into the 3rd partition and then install Linux into the first 2, no problem, the Linux's GRUB recognizes WinXP installation and when I select WinXP in GRUB it boots perfectly.
But when I copied a clone of my existing WinXp installation into the 3rd partition, and then installed Linux onto the first 2 partitions, the GRUB recognized WinXP but when I selected the WinXP, it failed to boot (with empty black screen containing nothin but an underline cursor on topper left) The app I used for cloning WinXP was Carbon Copy Cloner (available only on Mac OS, and I used it on a Mac anyway, which is capable of read/writing on NTFS filesystem) I couldn't use Acronis because it was unable to restore the cloned WinXP onto the selected partition (the 3rd partition in my case)
I hear people use Easeus and Macrium Reflect to clone WinXP in several places, in this post for instance. But it's not clear if they managed to clone their existing WinXP installation onto a partition of dual-boot harddisk, which uses Linux' GRUB as the boot manager.
Any advice is appreciated, thanks.